The SLURC/DPU Learning Alliance welcomes six interns
9 April 2020
The interns will be joining this years’ remote research with the MSc Environment and Sustainable Development
Building upon the research undertaken with the SLURC/DPU Learning Alliance in 2018 and 2019, the practice module of the MSc Environment and Sustainable Development led by Adriana Allen and Rita Lambert sets out to continue its collaborations virtually during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We are developing ways of working remotely to ensure that the process as well as outputs are developed in partnership and based on principles of mutual care, safety and solidarity. With this, we will work flexibly, recognising and supporting the diverse realities that students, staff, community partners and interns are facing.
As in previous years, interns are important team members; they will share their local experiences and knowledge and will support the grounding of approaches and facilitation of debates and conversations using Zoom and Whatsapp. The internship is a valuable opportunity to build capacities for collaborative research in international and diverse teams, on sustainable urban development. The process of learning and capacity building will be accompanied by the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme’s work in the area of education.
Six interns were selected through a competitive process. They will join the six student groups working on the following thematic strategic entry points for transformative change in Freetown: Enhanced mobility, decentralised water and sanitation infrastructure and services, land and shelter tenure security, food security through urban agriculture, integrated solid waste management, and sustainable and equitable energy transitioning.
Congratulations to our six interns and a warm welcome to the Learning Alliance!
Land and shelter tenure security
Fatima Kabba is a volunteer field officer at the Center of Dialogue on Human Settlement and Poverty Alleviation (CODOHSAPA) with two years fieldwork experience. She holds a BSc degree in Social Work from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Fatima joins the Learning Alliance for the second time, having previously done research with the students on water and sanitation in the coastal settlement of Susan’s Bay.
Integrated solid waste management
Musa F.M Wullarie is a Community Youths Leader in Cockle Bay- Mafengbeh. He is the Founder of the “Foundation for the Future Educational Syndicate and Library”. Musa has vast experience in community organisation and data collection, as he worked as Data Collector for the Federation of Urban Rural Poor (FEDURP), was involved in multiple research projects by SLURC, and has been an intern and community facilitator in the Learning Alliances 2018 and 2019.
Decentralised water and sanitation infrastructure and services
Michael Garrick is a geology graduate and MBA student at the Institute of Public Administration and Management. He is a passionate believer in the power of research as a development tool and will join the group working on “Decentralised water and sanitation infrastructure and services”.
Sustainable and equitable energy transitioning
Henry David Bayoh is an Expert Certified Development Project Manager with a BSc (Hons.) in Environmental Sciences, and MBA, and MA in Sustainable Development. He is the Focal Point for the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and a Planning and Development Officer/Head of Climate Change at the National Tourist Board. Henry joins the Learning Alliance for the third time and has previously supported students researching urban risk in the hilly settlement of Dwarzarck.
Food security through urban agriculture
Amadu Labor is a student from the University of Makeni with a BA in Development Studies and a BSc in Agricultural Education from EBK University of Science and Technology. He has acquired extensive work experience in community development, including multiple contributions to SLURC research and data collection for FEDURP. In 2019, he worked as an intern with students in the Portee-Rokupa group, and will this year contribute his knowledge and experience to students researching Food Security through Urban Agriculture.
Abdulrahman Mohamed Dukuray is a graduate from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone with a BA in Political Science. He has previous work experience in public relations management and communication, as well as in surveying, data collection and monitoring in the fields of education and health.